Post-war [1945 > 1965]
Post War House
After World War Two, the change from austerity to prosperity is reflected in increasing house sizes and a growth in home ownership. Often characterised by the triple fronted brick veneer, houses are comfortable and designed for family living. Although more traditional than Modern houses, Post-war design is usually single storeyed with interconnected living rooms. Mass produced windows foster a greater use of glass.



> incorporation of carport or garage into house and increasing use of double garages, often with painted doors

> minimal use of decorative flourishes; often expressed in mass produced elements such as brick / stone feature walls or chimneys, wrought iron porch posts / railings and wire mesh doors

> emergence of brick veneer replacing double brick

> chimneys still common

Red Brick_Tile Roof



> low fences and neat, ordered gardens

> emphasis on lawn with deciduous trees and shrub beds

> use of decorative elements such as figurines, tyre-swans, sculpted plants and hedges

> wide front yards covered mostly by trimmed lawns with wheel strips in the driveway and a narrow perimeter garden

> standard and hybrid roses feature

Crazy Stone



> kitchen design reflects increasing use of domestic appliances      

> kitchens feature melamine bench tops

> generous use of windows, including window-walls

> interior lining boards of mass produced sheet materials

> linoleum and rubber floor coverings in kitchens

Garage Door



> colour schemes of whites, off whites and creams with brightly painted feature walls

> timber weatherboards often painted in pale creams and ivory

> bold uses of colour often eclectically applied



Front House/Fence




Pale Blue

Off White

Canary Yellow

Signal Red





Rose Pink


Royal Blue

Golden Tan




> acute shortage of building skills, materials and equipment following World War Two

> revival of domestic architecture follows Post-war baby boom and immigration

> brick veneer and cement tiles archetypal of era

> 1947 Royal Victorian Institute of Architects and The Age introduce Small Homes Service

> most houses from the 1950s designed by building companies not architects e.g. AV Jennings